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Trucker accused of vehicular homicide regarding fatal accident

A truck driver will face charges of vehicular homicide regarding a fatal Wisconsin car accident that occurred two years ago. The incident involved an art teacher from Wisconsin Heights High School, whom the truck driver struck and killed.

The 22-year-old victim was driving a Saturn at approximately 7:30 a.m. in May 2012, when the truck driver's semi truck rear-ended her on Highway 14. The force of the crash caused the woman's car to be struck by an oncoming van. The van driver suffered minor injuries, and the woman was killed. The semi truck driver and his passenger did not suffer injury.

The 50-year-old truck driver told authorities that he was unable to maneuver out of the path of the young woman's car. The criminal complaint, however, alleges that the truck diver failed to slow down and failed to change lanes to avoid hitting the young woman's car. The truck driver said that he neither saw the car ahead of him, nor did he see a flashing yellow light warning him that a school zone was ahead.

A new construction project has begun in the area where this car accident occurred in order to improve the safety conditions of Highway 14. While the improvements are too late to help the people involved in this crash, they may help prevent future car accidents from occurring.

Whenever a fatal accident occurs on Wisconsin roads, police will struggle to piece together exactly what happens. They will use this evidence in order to try and convict any unlawful drivers who caused the accident in criminal court. Family members of deceased accident victims may wish to investigate whether a convicted driver also caused their loved one's death. If the family chooses to pursue a wrongful death action, then evidence from the criminal proceedings may be very useful to the family while it seeks financial restitution for their loss in court.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "Trucker charged in crash that killed Wisconsin Heights student teacher" Bailey Berg, Jul. 17, 2014

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